Public Policy Update
The room was buzzing and the interaction was informative and fulfilling! That’s what Speak Out was for those of us who attended. Our evening featured Legislators, Dignitaries and most importantly our own NAWBO members who gave their stories to demonstrate why the Public Policy Committee chose the Position Statements that were discussed. The discussions at the table between the Legislators and NAWBO members and guests were lively and interactive. All walked away having learned something new. This event accomplished the goal of NAWBO’s Public Policy Committee which is to influence public policy resulting in greater business success! But, we can’t rest on just this one event. The doors have been opened and NAWBO must continue to remind our lawmakers what matters most to woman owned business owners. Here are some suggestions that came from the participants:
1) NAWBO members should call their legislators even if you or your Legislator wasn’t at Speak Out. If they were at Speak Out, mention the event and that you would like to keep in touch with them and then do it. This should be done ASAP after Speak Out. They really want to hear from us.
2) Call and make an appointment, even if it is only for coffee, to meet with you legislators before the session. Ask what types of legislation they will be working on and how you might help them. Offer to testify before a committee if you are comfortable.
3) Go to Santa Fe for Business Day in January.
This leads us into our next NAWBO Public Policy event. We will be meeting in Santa Fe for Business Day in Santa Fe on January 27, 2013. We will meet for lunch and then go to the Round House to visit our legislators and perhaps some other significant policy makers. Last year we were fortunate to be able to spend 30 minutes with the Lt. Governor. Details of the agenda will be forthcoming.
Thank you to my Public Policy committee and specifically to Debbie Maestas and Minda McGonagle for helping to organize the event for a successful outcome.